Seems Santa has some new helpers this year. I hope all my readers have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.
My second K class is just about finished bar a few little items.
Like my other K class I’ve fitted this with a High Level gearbox and Mashima motor. I replaced the kits white metal connecting rods with some nickel silver ones and beefed up the inside of the cylinders with some brass tube.
The original K’s kits lacks a lot of pipe work and small details like the cab doors on the tender. Most of this has been knocked up from brass rod and plasticard with the lamp irons coming from the RT models range. The tender has had a Comet chassis put under it to help it run a little better.
Here she is along side my other K class
If there’s one loco that gets the most comments at shows its my ex-LBSCR K class. It’s a old K’s kit was my first attempt at building a loco kit. A lot of work went into it adding extra details that the kit didn’t have and I’m very pleased how it turned out.
The K class was designed by L. B. Billington in 1913 for the LBSCR. The 17 locos were built to eliminate the double-heading of the rebuilt C2x class on heavy freight duties in the London area.
During SR ownership the K classes were modified to conform with composite loading gauge. The cab roof was re-profiled, chimney and dome cut down and whistle re-sited. Some other changes to the class included fitting of Ross “pop” safety-valves instead of Ramsbottom, Maunsell superheaters replacing Robinson pattern, abandoning of the top feed and the tender coal rails having a backing added.
In model form there is the Ace models brass kit available but if you are lucky you might find a old K’s or Blacksmith models kit. Since building my first K’s K class I have modify another one that had the old style cab on it. This involved making a new cab out of brass and added extra detail. This one I sold on a few years ago which I slightly regret now.